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Mohegan Sun rises again

25 April 2008

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by Forbes: "Mohegan Sun's brilliance this year will rise and set on the grand opening of the Uncasville, Conn.-based gambling spot's Casino of the Wind in August--as its fierce competitor to the east prepares to strike.

"Mohegan Sun, operated by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), embarked on its $740 million expansion two years ago. The endeavor, dubbed 'Project Horizon,' features a 39-story, 919-room hotel, an additional 40,000-square-feet of retail space, a concert venue and, of course, the casino.

"While the casino ribbon-cutting will happen this year, other phases of the project won't be completed until 2010.

"Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Ledyard, Conn., meanwhile, is scheduled to open its MGM Grand hotel and casino in May.

"But Mohegan Chief Executive Mitchell Grossinger Etess doesn't seem too worried.

"...And if the richness of the presentation doesn't do it, the TV cameras might. Mohegan will re-open its poker room, which closed five years ago just as the game became a staple on sports network ESPN. This is why the game is back and the World Series of Poker is on Etess' calendar..."

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